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Ange de la Mort by ellaine Ange de la Mort by ellaine
I contemn the dust of which I am made, this dust that speaks to you now. It can be persecuted, it can be brought to death. But I challenge the world to take from me that part of me which will live through the centuries and survive in the skies.

Louis Antoine Saint-Just (1767 - 1794)

It's something like a symbolic portrait of one of the most fascinating and mysterious personalities from the history of the French Revolution. Saint-Just has been one of the close associates of Robespierre, one of the founders of the Great Terror and almost a symbol of it with his sharp, laconic style of writing, called the guillotine-style. His decrees and he himself in the name of his ideals have sent many people on the guillotine and 1794 he ended up on the scaffold himself, at the age of 27. Ambitious, strong willed and short tempered, Saint-Just has become a legend, but rather a negative one in both, history and literature. Today the historians see him rather as one of the most talented politicians of his time and a military genius, who - as some insist - could have been a serious treat to Napoleon's career.
Because of his youth and beauty and his role in the revolution he has been called "Angel of Death".

! Because some of you asked for more information^^ : [link]

My scanner has ruined the colours as usually. But it made the reds a bit better though^^
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jujunumber101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors!
NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been doing more up-to-date reading.
Saint, I apologise to your shade. I have wronged you.
And this is a beautiful painting.
ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016   Traditional Artist
I'm planning to make a video about french revolution.I'll be honoured if you allow me to use your fanart here.Let me know as soon as possible, please!
ellaine Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Ouch, I guess, I'm a bit late with this reply, sorry:(
ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
Don t worry.Can I use it?
ellaine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Yes, no problem, but please credit it:]
ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
Of course!Or would you send me the art with your name on?
ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
You are a great artist! Thanks for having submitted your work to Oscarwhiterose group!★☆★☆
ellaine Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Thank you:) And all my pleasure.
ariesnopatty Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Waiting for you on my youtube page.look for Patty F. :)))
ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning, such a glorious and beautiful tribute to this man. The tone is so whimsical, like a sunset and yet with a very dark element, as this sort of thing ought to contain. The calligraphy script suits this so well and I really enjoy how Saint-Just emerges out of the darkness. I also really appreciated the quote and information about him. I did not realize he met his tragic fate while so young nor did I realize he was recorded to have been so beautiful-learning that from you is a very nice treat, thank you :)
jamba-jukeba Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I don't know why, but Saint Just scares the heck out of me.
Yet, he's still so intriguing.

Good job!
jamba-jukeba Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Actually, I'll tell you why he scares me.
Here's a quote from him:
“The vessel of the Revolution can arrive in port only on a sea reddened with torrents of blood..."

That is one OMINOUS statement. They don't call him the Angel of Death for nothing.
But, again, he's very intriguing. He is one of my favorite historical figures.
skywishes19 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Writer
Lovely work!
EchosDuSilence Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
My favourite character of the French Revolution! When I read the title I immediately thought of him; very great work :) In french we call him "Archange de la Terreur".

No offense m'lady, but he died at the age of 26. His birthdate is August, 25th 1767, so he wasn't 27 yet when he died, on the 28 of July 1794.
miss-robespierre Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   General Artist
I loves !!! :P
green-as-sand Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
It's great! So much feeling in it...
sakilicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
That's gorgeous.
Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The picture looks beatefull. And I think you show him very well whit it. Not just his face but also his character and beeing.
Pshychedelic-Poppy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Awesome. I love him, and this picture seems to represent his true essence.
I'm quite obsessed by Saint-Just, actually. Someday I'll probably go in a pilgrimage to Blérancourt <3
Jruva Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful. the drawing represents in an epic way the 'angel of death' :la:
Welx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I featured this beautiful piece of art in my journal! Hope you don't mind. [link]
ellaine Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Sure not. Sorry for being so late, but thank you:>
DreamCadet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
It took me a while to realise (despite your scanner comment) that this wasn't all CG. Wowza.

:: faves ::
Gorgeous work. Because all in all, everything tastes better when grim.
Tower-of-Peace Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Beautifully done. Bravo :)
Astron-uia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I really loves your art ^_^

Ok, I'm a kinda of Saint-Just fan XD
mikhi Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your portrayal of Saint Just. I like how he look somber and determined. The colors are beautiful and the words just tie it all together. ^_____^ Beautiful work
Fatimahcrossin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Hello Ellaine,

I've found the link to your picture on [link] 's fan art page. I had to run over to it, immediately !

I have somewhat a special kind of relationship with Antoine (-> I can't call him by family name indeed) and I feel captured from your beautiful watercolour. Actually my perspection of him is a bit different than yours - less melancholic for sure and more dramatic maybe - but I like your work very much, especially the concept of the burning fire spreading on a half of the scene as it spread on a half of Antoine's soul (while the other half of the picture is smokey and grey)...
It suggests Antoine's someway schizophrenic personality (-> oh yes, sure, it was ;P).
On one side you lose a bit of his glamorous dandism but on the other side you gain a literary romantic mood which still fits to him, yeah.
Very, very fine work, really ! :rose:

(Btw: does it clearly appear I am in love with this man ?)
youngsherlockholmes Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job! very thought-provoking. we're doing an ap world project where we're putting robespierre on trial for war crimes....a very interesting man, robespierre.
white-erebus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Wow it's fantastic. I'm interested in the French Revolution, and a fan of Saint-Just. Is this just watercolour? It looks so effective. I might just have to try some of my own Revolution artwork...
octo-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Sooo beatiful...
I love it!
Otherlander Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
I can't even begin to say how wonderful this is! Saint-Just is one of my favourite historical figures... Love the blood sprayed look. You're very, very talented :)
ellaine Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Oh, glad to know someone else can be as obsessed as I am:D. And I don't know why - I sometimes just can't accept his ideas, but somehow this man fascinates me for some odd reason.

Thank you:)
Otherlander Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Welcome :)... Well, let's see... He died young, he was beautiful, intransigent and brave - what's not fascinating about him? :D
lacturia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
kocham takie kolory
i jestem zachwycona rozplanowaniem i zagospodarowaniem przestrzeni... moze nie brzmi to tak jak powinno, ale... chyba nie umiem sie jakos lepiej wyrazic xDD
OhAnneli Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
I didnt think this was traditionally made... its so translucent and beautiful and you have so neatly planned light and shadow... Im amazed... :heart: Im so wondering why I havent stumbled upon your work earlier... lovely work... :heart:
ereszkigal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
Kobito! ja ci zaplace, nie wiem czym i nie wiem jak , ale zaplace, a Ty mi narysujesz ilustracje do Kronik Wampirow oki? hehehe

A na powaznie, to bardzo mi sie podoba tematyka Rewolucji Francuskiej w Twoim wydaniu. To bylo jedno z najbardziej poruszajacych moja wyobraznie wydarzen historycznych, chociaz jak sie tak czyta w podrecznikach historii to nudne potwornie , prawie sama polityka, zmiany rzadow, legislatywy, egzekutywy i kilka konstytucji na dokladke. Bardzo dobrze zas sie czyta o Rewolucji od d...strony czyli jakos nie wprost a jeszcze lepiej sie oglada o tym filmy(Dantona uwielbiam).
Przyznam jednak, ze tematyka to nietypowa dla rysujacych na DA, wiec brawa za nietuzinkowe zainteresowania.

Co do VC, to widzialam twoje 2 Lestaty i nawet chyba kumpela wydebila je na nasza strone o Anne Rice, ale jak zobaczylam twoje szybkie szkice postaci w tych 18 wiecznych kiecach to mysle, ze moglabys zaszalec w temacie Wampira Lestata. W sumie i czas i miejsce akcji odpowiadaja chyba Twoim zainteresowaniom.

aaa, no i kurde chcialabym zobaczyc Lestka w takim pieknym, dopasowanym, dwurzedowym plaszczu i pudlastym kapeluszu na glowie, albo w trojkatnym kapeluszu na glowie... cholera, czuje ze chyba sama siade za chwile. :D
ellaine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Zawsze mozesz zamowic u mnie rysunek, nie ma sprawy:)

Dziękuje, ciesze sie, ze taka tematyka moich prac tez sie podoba. Rewolucja francuska jest moim konikiem od wielu lat (wlasnie zakupilam sobie najnowsza biografie Marii Antoniny). Podreczniki temat bardzo obcinaja, jesli czyta sie o tym z innych zrodel, to ta polityka tez jest fascynujaca, w polaczeniu z wiedza o ludziach. "Dantona" Wajdy tez uwielbiam, lubie sztuke, na podstawie ktorej film powstal, ale moim chyba najukochanszym dzielem literackim o tamtej epoce jest dramat "Smierc Dantona" G. Buechnera.

Co do Kronik pani Rice - swego czasu bardzo mnie inspirowaly i szalalam duzo. Ale juz mi jakos przeszlo, wyczerpalam temat i nie mam chwilowo ochoty do niego wracac (chyba, ze ktos mnie poprosi za pieniazki, ale dla wlasnej przyjemnosci to nie bardzo), mam tyle innych rzeczy do narysowania. Lubie nadal Lestata jako postac, ale tak do 4 tomu, to co autorka zrobila dalej jest moim zdaniem niepotrzebne, a najnowsze czesci rujnuja wrecz wizerunek calej serii.

Rysuj, rysuj, ja sobie z checia poogladam:)
capta77 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
WOW. Simply WOW. VERY symbollic too!
nonolerobot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
il love i love i love i love! i love traditionnal art! this is really good! i'am searching for an illustrator..... and a traductor (i'm french and bad in english).
continue in traditional art!
lost-cousin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Amazingly beautiful! That sweeping movement really adds,err, movement!
sam0o0 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mizamour Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
Wonderful, beautiful, incredible portrayal!!!!!
bluecnidaria Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IncompleteMe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful work...
AlethiometerGal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
Wow... such a great job. :)
gemjuggler Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
compelling, dramatic.
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